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Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Rosberg hits back at Hamilton complaints
Schumacher's son targets F1 title
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Alonso is Vandoorne's 'worst enemy' - Ickx
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Bottas 'a possibility' for 2017 - Wolff
Friday, 23 December 2016
Liberty could scratch Fridays from F1 schedule
Thursday, 22 December 2016
Mercedes dominance must end in 2017 - Tost
Mercedes, Hamilton baulked at Wehrlein solution
Giovinazzi set for Friday drives in 2017
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Sauber tips Liberty to be fairer to small teams
Massa plays down EUR 6 million comeback reports
Red Bull did not consider Sainz release
2017 cars to have 'ugly' airbox sails - report
McLaren says marketing chief still at team
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Driver call could take until February - Lauda
Sainz says no Mercedes move for 2017
Marchionne not predicting 2017 title
Hamilton wants to keep same crew
Capito leaving McLaren - reports
Monday, 19 December 2016
Giovinazzi to be Ferrari third driver - report
'Probably' no McLaren wins in 2017 - Vandoorne
Family to stay silent on Schumacher health
Todt asks Massa to be F1 steward
Wehrlein more 'risky' than Bottas - Rosberg
Ferrari 'only 10pc behind Mercedes' - Todt
Liberty still striding towards F1 takeover
Majority would vote for 'Halo' - Hulkenberg
Friday, 16 December 2016
Austrian broadcaster to end F1 deal for 2020
Mercedes will be strong again in 2017 - Brawn
Vettel emerging as Mercedes favourite for 2018
Hellmund, KFC, linked with Manor buyout
Valentino Rossi almost switched to F1 - father
Mercedes seat intrigue to continue for now
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Vettel eyeing 2018 Mercedes deal - Berger


Bottas 'a possibility' for 2017 - Wolff

Dec.27 (GMM) Toto Wolff has admitted for the first time that Valtteri Bottas is a "possibility" to replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

Sources in Spain report that Williams is pushing for the German marque to reduce its engine bill to zero, in exchange for Finn Bottas' eleventh-hour release.

But Mercedes' Wolff denied that Bottas has already been gifted the ultimate Christmas present.

"It's too early to say," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We have not yet made a decision, because it involves more than one driver and one team. And we have respect for the other teams.

"Valtteri is a possibility but we also know how important he is for Williams. It's a delicate situation which requires us to move cautiously, so we decided to take a bit of time," Wolff added.

But the Austrian played down claims that if Bottas is signed, a conflict of interest and an unfair situation for Lewis Hamilton would be created, because the Finn is managed by Wolff himself.

"I'm not an idiot," Wolff insisted. "When I started with Daimler four years ago, I made a deal that I cannot manage or have business interests with a Mercedes driver.

"Those who talk about a conflict of interest are illiterate about F1," he added.

But there is already tension with Hamilton, with the Briton suggesting recently he will no longer accept the pre-season loss of key mechanics and engineers from his side of the garage.

"This is an old story," Wolff responded. "He understood why we moved in that direction, and I understood his side from the psychological point of view."

On other matters, Wolff also commented on Ferrari's situation after sections of the press questioned the famous marque's decision to let James Allison go and not push hard to sign Paddy Lowe.

"They are focusing on an Italian team," said Wolff, "which for me is an added value, not a brake.

"I am convinced that the decisions taken by Marchionne and Arrivabene are moving in the right direction."

And on the topic of future Mercedes tests, Wolff raised the possibility of some exciting names getting into the cockpit.

"I am aware that F1 is also a show," he said. "I'd really like to test the abilities of (Valentino) Rossi and (Sebastien) Ogier in our cars. Yes, my idea is to organise a day with them."

Michael Schumacher's son Mick, meanwhile, will enter European F3 next year, amid speculation he is the next young star on Mercedes' sights for F1.

"Mick is a great guy and an excellent pilot," said Wolff. "His family is there in his heart but it's fair that he focuses on F3 now.

"If he does well, many teams will have their eyes on him, and Mercedes will be one of them."